In Netdragon company, my role is a UX educator, which means to teach UX courses to my colleagues. It is very challenging but fruitful. It is challenging because my students are experienced designers.
Here are quotes from Hugh Dubberly’s email: “Teaching is always a challenge. Teaching designers, more so. And teaching older designers, even more so. “
The Topic of my courses
The topic of my courses is system thinking in UX, because my master thesis is mainly about this topic which I am fascinated about, and I found it has been barely talked about in China. My goal is to introduce the system thinking and system modeling methodologies to them and help them apply these methodologies into their works.
Some of the knowledge is derived from Hugh Dubberly’s system class, some are from my master thesis. I made a plan of a serious of courses related to system thinking. I divided the classes into four sections, each section has one or two project assignments. I also designed a number of choice questions to check students’ understanding of important knowledge.
Systems have layers and subordination(Figure 2). In a larger scope, it is the product-service ecosystem, which can contain multiple products and different kinds of users. The conceptual model is in the middle because the conceptual model more towards one particular product, and it is the connection between users’ mental model and the products’ implementation model. The information architecture shows how the actual information arrangement of the products’ interfaces, which towards implementation model.
These courses are based on the model. Section 2 is about product-service ecology, section 3 is about the pair of the conceptual and mental model, and section 4 is for the information architecture.
For example, in the “mental model” class. At first, I reviewed important knowledge from last class, and then I introduced the outline of the “mental model” class, which were the three models(the mental model, the conceptual model, and the implementation model) and their relationships, and introduction about the mental model in depth. In order to let the students have a better understanding, I included a lot of pictures and diagrams in the lecture. Some of the examples were closely related to their daily life. At the end of the lecture, I assigned the assignment.
Here are some photos taken in my classes.